David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

05 November 2012


It was a black tie and evening gown affair in the office of bLOGOS/HA HA last night when past and present staff gathered around the telly to honour one of our battler inspirations Mark Colvin aka  Colvinius (Twitter) as he delivered the 2012 Andrew Ollie Lecture.

We were not disappointed. 

If you have any interest in the past present future of journalism(s), do yourself a serious favour and listen to or read the transcript of Mark Colvin's lecture on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse for journalism : HERE

Mark Colvin
Presenter of PM & Friday Late, ABC Radio.
Lifetime Lance-Corporal in the Awkward Squad.
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